Published On: Sun, Oct 8th, 2017
Published in Category: Lahore

Forthcoming visits of two US Secretaries to Pakistan will thaw mounting tension between Pak-US

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LAHORE: Founder Chairman Pak-US Business Council and Chairman United Business Group Iftikhar Ali Malik on Saturday voiced hope that the comprehensive bilateral dialogue process between Pakistan and US would move forward in days to come as he underlined that “differences” on all outstanding issues, including war on terrorism, can be resolved only through result oriented dialogue.

Welcoming the President Donald Trump’s decision dispatching his top diplomatic and military advisors to Pakistan in the coming weeks, Iftikhar Malik said the forthcoming visit of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson followed by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will trim down the current tension level escalating between US and its old ally Pakistan on the issue of alleged harboring terrorists in the soil of Pakistan.

He said dialogue is the only available vehicle to solve all outstanding issues and the two countries would stay engaged with a constructive approach to achieve shared objectives of peace, stability and economic prosperity in the region.

He said it is out of question that Pakistan is not sincere to eliminate terrorism from its soil. Pakistan has rendered innumerable sacrifices including this tragic reality that more than 75, 000 people lost lives in war against terrorism. “We have made our contributions, we fought a very difficult war, we suffered casualties and have suffered irreparable economic losses running in trillions of dollar and that is the message that Pakistan should send to the world leadership,” he said. “We are partners in the war against terrorism.”

Iftikhar said that the US-Pakistan trade and economic partnership can be further expanded with renewed efforts of public and private sectors of both the countries. He also suggested that the American businessmen also come to visit Pakistan with a positive intention of investing in Pakistan as CPEC, a joint business venture between China and Pakistan is reflecting this opinion that Pakistan is the safe place for bigger investment.


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